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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 23
[ Text: responding to Chris (prior page) / I think of palimpsest as another term, / tho I don’t remember Ngai’s context & / I surely like sublimity but the other term / stuplimity — is it stupified or stupid-ified / that she means. Then a flash — my skill / as a young (7 year old [RBD correction, probably 9-10 year old] child with the 3-dimensional game / Qubic (based on tic tac toe but more / squares & 3 dimensions & 4 levels). I / was so good I cd beat (male) adults playing seriously. & my / father was (horribly) please tha[t] I did. / When he tried to teach me chess, I / balked — too much, too soon, & he had far / too much invested in it. Wow. Another / point at which my life could have taken / another turn. He became competitive with me / [continued on next page of notebook] ]
These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by American poet Rachel Blau DuPlessis for the University of Auckland Library. It ponders Rachel’s experiences writing in 2008 and 2009. For more of this backstory, see here. The word ‘tapa’ refers to the kind of dyed patterned cloth (made from the paper mulberry tree) shown left, and on the front cover of the notebook, an honorable practice popular in Polynesia. (See Wikipedia) Most spreads of this notebook have a blank verso (left hand page), except for 7L and 7R. Blank verso pages are not shown; usually only the recto (right hand) page is shown.